Australian firm Tamboran has awarded UK-based John Wood Group a contract to undertake the concept select engineering phase for the proposed NTLNG plant in Australia’s Northern Territory.
This initial engineering phase will evaluate the technical and commercial opportunity to construct a 6.6 mtpa LNG plant at the Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct in Darwin, subject to establishment of commercial flow rates from Tamboran’s Beetaloo Basin assets, according to a statement by Tamboran.
The concept select phase is expected to be completed during the first half of 2024, ahead of entering pre-front-end engineering and design during 2024.
Also, Tamboran said the scope of the studies includes evaluation of the proposed three-train concept, liquefaction technology selection including the evaluation of e-drives powered by renewables and carbon capture and storage infrastructure, site configuration, and initial cost estimates.
“Tamboran is excited to be working closely with one of the world’s most experienced engineering and consulting businesses, as we advance the development of the proposed NTLNG project,” Tamboran’s managing director and CEO, Joel Riddle, said.
He said the start of this engineering phase with Wood signals Tamboran’s intent to design and develop a “best-in-class, low emissions” facility to process low-reservoir CO2 Beetaloo gas for global LNG customers.
Tamboran recently entered into two non-binding memorandums with units of energy giants Shell and BP to supply LNG from the NTLNG plant.
Moreover, Shell Eastern Trading and BP Singapore would each purchase up to 2.2 million tonnes of LNG per annum over a 20-year period.
Tamboran is targeting first LNG production from its proposed plant by 2030.